There’s a prolonged historical past of professional wrestlers crossing over into MMA. From the nascent days of this sport, skilled wrestlers have indulged their need to go from work to a shoot. On this episodic sequence, I’ll overview fights the place professional wrestlers foray into the fight world. It’s like a bizarre, violent model of IMDB and I’m DB (Dylan Bowker). That is Professional Wrestlers in MMA # 8: Randy Couture vs Tony Halme.
Professional Wrestlers In MMA
The debut MMA struggle for UFC legend Randy Couture was in opposition to a professional wrestler. Halme had three fights on the RINGS circuit heading into this one and was making his UFC debut as properly. Tony Halme was most identified in professional wrestling circles for his WWF tenure below the moniker Ludvig Borga between 1993 and 1994. Halme would pivot in the direction of pursuing MMA aspirations comparatively shortly after his WWF run wrapped up.
Couture would go on to have a well-regarded corridor of fame caliber profession and turn into an enormous popular culture sensation as properly. Halme was not strictly only a professional wrestler earlier than heading into this bout. He had been having a good run as a boxer since 1995 (would finally get a win over the properly regarded Iran Barkley) and he additionally would seize a few nationwide heavyweight championships in his native Finland.
Couture and Halme would collide at UFC 13 on Could 30th, 1997. The previous WWF famous person charged ahead with The Pure scoring a takedown. Couture maneuvers over to aspect management. He then lands a punch and scrambled to get atop of Halme. The scramble would ensue proper up till Randy Couture took Tony Halme’s again. The longer term multi-division UFC champion secures the rear-naked choke and will get the victory in lower than a minute.
This may find yourself being the ultimate mixed-martial-arts struggle of Halme’s profession. Halme was not capable of get off any significant offense on this bout and Couture’s legendary trajectory started.
Tony Halme (vs Randy Couture): 3/10